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April 17, 2008

"We're Gonna Make You A STAR!"

SlateLiving in Iowa isn't exactly a professional actor's nirvana. For us lowly, rank amateurs, however, who choose the quality of Iowa life over being a starving artist chasing stardom, the opportunity still comes along once in a while to catch a taste of the dream.

Hollywood is sending a crew to Iowa in May to shoot a film in the Des Moines area. They've been auditioning local actors for the bit parts. A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked Wendy and me to read for a couple of small speaking roles. Low and behold, we received word that the director would like a "call-back" with us. So, last night we were in Des Moines to get our five minute audition with the movie's director. We laughed afterward as we took the opportunity to grab a pizza and watch the Cubs trounce the Reds at one of our favorite old haunts.

Getting a role in a film is a bit like hitting the powerball. The odds are better that you'll get struck by lightning while you're standing in the shower. There are always so many others with more experience and better resumes who fit the role as well, if not better, than you do. You've got to keep your perspective. Nevertheless, last night we sort of felt like we had matched the first five balls and now we're just waiting to see if that last ball drops with our number on it. The odds are against us, but it's been fun playing along.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and mira mira on the wall.

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